V3.co.uk was invited to take a tour of Capgemini's Merlin datacentre in Swindon, touted as the most sustainable datacentre in the world and due to open on 12 October.
The datacentre uses a modular approach to storing data, which offers flexibility and increased efficiency while maintaining high levels of security, according to the firm.
Capgemini utilised an exisiting 10,000 sq/ft warehouse that was previously owned by Honda, eliminating construction costs and lowering the embedded carbon footprint.
The datacentre is under high security with CCTV and alarmed fences around the perimeter, infra-red grids, biometric access cards and anti-vehicle barriers
outside the entrance that can withstand the impact of an articulated lorry travelling at speeds of up to 30mph.
Inside the warehouse, there are a number of mobile buildings or "modules" which are each a data warehouse within their own right. They can be re-assembled, making them high flexible.
There are currently four modules each 2,500 sq/ft in size. The warehouse is capable of storing 12 modules on the floor space. But each module can accommodate another on top, so this increases capacity to 24, when the roof is removed.
Data is stored inside the modules, with customers able to buy rack space or request their own module to house data.
The servers within the modules are cooled using a fresh air cooling system, controlled by a Building Management System (BMS). The datacentre uses 50 per cent less power than traditional facilities, according to Capgemini.
One of these resilient electrical infrastructures is designed to run four modules. At present there is one with others to be added when required.
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